Twenty-three students have signed on to three separate complaints, each alleging violations of a different federal law, against Columbia University and the affiliated Barnard College, The New York Times reported.
Among other allegations in the complaints, filed with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, students say that administrators wrongly tell those who file assault claims that they must not discuss their cases outside the confines of the campus disciplinary process, that…
A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he said was a false accusation of rape has settled his lawsuit against the Ohio institution, after a judge decided last month that most of the lawsuit’s claims could proceed to trial.
The player, Dezmine Wells, sued the university and its president last August. The suit included claims of sex discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other things.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Students, faculty members, and alumnae on Thursday gathered at the North Carolina university, formerly Peace College, to protest President Debra M. Townsley, the News & Observer reported.
The protesters accused Ms. Townsley, who oversaw the former women’s college’s decision to go coed, of creating a poor academic environment and an atmosphere of retaliation. Five students who circulated a petition demanding Ms. Townsley’s resignation are facing discipline for disorderly conduct and violations of visitation and solicitation policies.
In addition, the faculty has sent an eight-page letter to the Board of Trustees indicating a lack of confidence in Ms. Townsley because of staff turnover, dropping graduation rates, unsecured student records, problems with campus buildings, and other issues.
Princeton University said on Thursday that it had agreed to pay the town of Princeton, N.J., more than $24-million over the next seven years. The university, which as a nonprofit organization is tax-exempt, said in a news release that it would make voluntary payments of $21.7-million over the course of the agreement as well as one-time contributions valued at $2.6-million toward several town projects.
The university said its voluntary contribution in the 2014 calendar year would be $2.75-million, and in each subsequent year the university’s contribution would increase by 4 percent. The home towns of a number of colleges nationwide have sought higher payments in lieu of taxes, particularly in the years since the recession clobbered municipal revenues.
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday granted Northwestern University’s request to review a regional official’s decision last month that classified Northwestern’s scholarship football players as employees who can unionize.
The players’ union vote will take place on Friday, “but the ballots will be impounded until the board issues a decision affirming, modifying, or reversing the regional director’s decision,” the NLRB said.
The university argued in its appeal that its athletes are prima…
Illinois State University has rehired a grounds worker who was fired after an altercation involving the institution’s former president, Timothy Flanagan, The Pantagraph reported.
Patrick Murphy has a new job in a different position—he was hired as a horticulturist and curator of the university’s Fell Arboretum, according to Jay Groves, the university’s chief of staff.
Mr. Flanagan resigned last month and was charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident. This week he pleaded not guilty.
The students were arrested on criminal-trespass charges after refusing to leave a sit-in that had been staged outside the office of William C. Powers Jr., the Austin flagship’s president. The students were protesting a shared-services proposal that could eliminate 500 staff positions, mostly through attrition, by consolidating operations in areas such as finance and information technology. It is estimated the plan will save the university as much as $40-million annually. The proposal, like one at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, has also drawn objections from some faculty members.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday announced the election of 188 new fellows and 16 foreign honorary members. The 204 individuals in the 2014 class of members are prominent men and women in the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, as well as philanthropists and business leaders. Full listings of the new members, broken down alphabetically and by discipline, are available on the academy’s website.
A regional official of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that contingent faculty members at Seattle University are eligible to vote on forming a union.
In a decision handed down last week, Ronald K. Hooks, the NLRB’s director for the Seattle region, rejected the Roman Catholic university’s argument that it is too religious to fall under the federal labor board’s jurisdiction as a result of contingent faculty members’ drive to form a collective-bargaining unit affiliated with the Ser…
Rhetoric from policy makers may focus on the need to ensure that college graduates are competitive in the workplace, but students, faculty members, and others engaged in higher education take a more expansive view of the value of a degree, a new report from the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute suggests. College, they said, shouldn’t be just about picking up job skills but should expose students to new ideas and diverse fields and should encourage critical thinking.